Hospital Staff

Dr. Aileen Ruiz

Veterinarian/Owner

General practitioner and hospital owner, Dr. Aileen Ruiz, opened The BIG EASY Animal Hospital in 2010. A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Ruiz attended Florida International University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1998. Following graduation, she attended Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then pursued a year internship in New Orleans’s, Southeast Veterinary Specialists, and completed further training in emergency care, internal medicine, surgery and dermatology. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans’s, she came to Pittsburgh with her pets to rebuild her life and continue to practice veterinary medicine. A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, the Western Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Ruiz now proudly owns the only Hispanic veterinary hospital in the city of Pittsburgh, the BIG EASY Animal Hospital located in the Lawrenceville area, her own neighborhood.

Dr. Ruiz lives with her 4 dogs (Maya, Diamond, Tink & Flea). In her spare time, Dr. Ruiz enjoys concerts, traveling and bickram yoga.

Becky Frazier

Practice Manager

Becky  joined the BIG EASY Animal Hospital in July of 2011 as our Practice Manager  bringing to our practice over 19 years experience in veterinary medicine. Becky studied the CVPM and veterinary technology programs at St. Petersburg College. Becky adds to TBEAH’s team the same goals and visions in regards to the utmost care and compassion to our clients and their pets. Having a special interest in cat behavior, Becky begun to offer behavior counseling. As a cat behaviorist, she helps resolve cat behavior problems using a combination of positive and humane methods that include behavior modification, training techniques and education. One of Becky’s goals is to educate people about cats and cat behavior, keeping cats from being needlessly surrendered to shelters and euthanized because of behavior challenges which are resolvable. When she is not working at the hospital, Becky is enjoying time with her husband Drew, his 2 kids, and her 2 kids Gavin and Tabitha who works in the doggy daycare, along with their small zoo of 2 dogs, and 6 cats.

Amanda Kress

Head Technician/Dog Daze & Cafe’ Manager

Dionne

Veterinary Technician

Domenique

Veterinary Technician

Chelsea

Veterinary Technician

Dana

Veterinary Technician/Receptionist

Carol

Receptionist

Schedule an Appointment

Walk-ins Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday 
No walk-ins on Saturday.

Appointment times available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday please fill out the form or call to make an appointment

IF YOUR PET REQUIRES URGENT CARE CALL US AT 412-908-9301
IF IT'S AFTER BUSINESS HOURS CALL PVSEC NORTH (412) 366-3400 or PVSEC SOUTH (724) 809-2009 
     

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.

 

Monday through Friday:

Walk Ins start at 10:00am, check-in starts at 9:00am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)

 

Starting Saturday, August 1st

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM

 

24 Hour Emergency Care:

 

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)366-3400

 

AVETS

4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA
(412)373-4200


VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)885-2500


Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue
(412)471-9855
WALK—IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM


North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd
(412)821-5600
WALK-IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

 

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